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Los Angeles Dodgers
Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first major league victory, shrugging off a two-run homer in the first inning by Andrew McCutchen and pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in four runs with three hits and Justin Sellers homered for the Dodgers.
Ryu (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking two. The 26-year-old lefty from South Korea signed a $36 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers in December after they bid $25.7 million to win exclusive rights to negotiate with him.
Jeff Locke (0-1) lost in his season debut, giving up four runs and eight hits over six innings. The 25-year-old left-hander, beginning what he hopes will be his first full season in the majors, is 1-7 with a 6.32 ERA and nine home runs allowed in 11 big league starts over a three-year span.
Matt Kemp, who entered the game in a season-opening 1-for-18 slump, gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the third with a sacrifice fly after Carl Crawford led off with a double and advanced on Nick Punto's sacrifice bunt.
Gonzalez added a run in the fifth with an RBI single. The Dodgers tacked on two more in the seventh against Chris Leroux with Sellers' leadoff homer and Gonzalez's run-scoring single.
Starling Marte opened the game with a single and McCutchen hit a one-out drive about five rows into the left field pavilion for the Pirates' first home run of the season. Until then, they were the only team in the majors without one.
Ryu walked Gaby Sanchez, but third baseman Juan Uribe helped minimize the damage by robbing Michael McKenry of a potential RBI double down the line with a diving stop and getting the forceout at second.
Los Angeles tied it in the bottom half with three straight one-out hits, including a two-run double by Gonzalez.
Pittsburgh dropped the first two games of the series 3-0 to Zack Greinke and 1-0 to Clayton Kershaw, getting just two hits against each pitcher. The Pirates haven't been shut out in three consecutive games since August 1968.
NOTES: The Pirates' five-game homerless drought equaled the franchise's longest from the start of a season since an 11-game stretch in 1943. They also failed to hit one through their first five games in 1998 and 1967. ... Locke, Pittsburgh's minor league pitcher of the year last season, was 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts and one relief outing this spring. ... The Pirates have gone 4-19 at Dodger Stadium since they last won a series here in 2006. ... McKenry made his season debut behind the plate with Russell Martin getting a day off. Martin is hitless in his first 14 official at-bats with his new club after sending the previous two seasons with the Yankees.
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